Symposium  Co-Chairs

  • Hans-Peter Schwefel, Aalborg University
  • Ferdinanda Ponci, RWTH Aachen University
  • Ian Hiskens, University of Michigan

Scope and Motivation

Responsive distribution grids and microgrids require the development of new control strategies and operational architectures, enhanced sensing capabilities, algorithms, and actuation mechanisms. ICT and sensor technology facilitate new data sources, such as smart-meter data from consumers and generators, for distribution grid monitoring and operation. Diverse forms of actuation, including demand and generation management, must be coordinated to ensure resilient grid operation and control. This will be reliant upon cost-effective communication solutions that connect sensors, controllers and actuators.
Accordingly, participants from academia, industry and government agencies are invited to identify and discuss technical challenges, exchange novel ideas, explore enabling technologies, and present recent research and demonstration results related to control and operation of microgrids and distribution systems.

Topics of Particular Interest

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

•    Control and management of microgrids and distribution systems:
- Distributed control and/or decentralized decision making
- Optimal generation and voltage scheduling
- Resilient and robust control
- Real-time state estimation
- Operational/information technology (OT/IT) integration
- Scalability of management strategies
- Business models
- Real-world experiences

•    Distributed generation, storage, and load resources in microgrids and distribution systems:
- Integration of microturbines, (small) wind turbines, photovoltaic, fuel cells, CCHP
- Integration of storage systems
- Demand response
- Large scale integration of distributed resources
- Virtual power plant (VPP) concepts
- Mitigation of renewable source variability
- Provision of frequency regulation and ancillary services

•    Protection and fault-management in microgrids and distribution systems:
- Fault monitoring, location and isolation
- Predictive maintenance
- Adaptive communication-based protection
- Operating strategies during emergencies, islanding, and black start

•    Analysis techniques for control and operation of microgrids and distribution systems
- Cyber-physical modelling and simulation
- Transient and stability analysis
- Security (vulnerability) assessment
- Uncertainty quantification
- Forecasting

•    Electrical vehicle integration in microgrids and distribution systems
- Charging control and scheduling strategies
- Overload mitigation
- Grid storage provisioning (vehicle to grid)

•    Power electronics and devices for microgrids and distribution systems:
- Grid management functionalities of power electronic converters
- Active power filtering, load-sharing, and islanding operation
- DC microgrid networks and DC distribution systems
- Harmonics and power quality